Renovations on the Miri Resident’s and District office building have begun to transform it into a museum.
The project is currently being headed by the Sarawak Museum Department’s curator, Dayang Norzanah Awang Haddy, who has explained that the first and second phases of the project, which are the renovations on the front and back part of the building respectively, are running smoothly.
This museum will be the second in the city, the first being the Miri Petroleum Museum located on top of Canada Hill, which focuses solely on the development of Miri surrounding the petroleum industry.
This will be the first Museum in the city that shows the historical culture, art and heritage of the different races in Miri.
Tanjung Datu National Park, Pulau Talang-Talang Besar and Pulau Talang-Talang Kecil will enjoy “green energy” to be generated by Sarawak Electricity Berhad’s (SEB) centralised solar system
A MoU signed to finalise SEB’s commitment in providing the Sarawak Forestry Corporation green energy to the turtle landing sites at the National Park to aid their conservation.
The National Park and the two nearby islands are officially protected turtle nesting sites, as the reefs and beaches are used by the highly endangered Green Turtles and Olive Ridley turtles to lay their eggs. The islands are equipped with a turtle hatchery and research facility.
This is a great boost for environmental tourism, as it takes the National Park one step closer to being an entirely ‘green’ safe haven for endangered flora and fauna as well as conservation tourists.
Chief Minister, Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) and Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) on March 28.
Sarawak Tourism has won the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Silver Adrian Award for Travel Marketing Excellence in Public Relations for its internationally renowned Rainforest World Music Festival.
The HSMAI Adrian Awards Gala took place on February 21 at the New York Marriott Marquis, where Sarawak Tourism was announced as the winner in the category.
The 50th edition of the ASEAN International Film Festival & Awards (AIFFA) promotional campaign kicked off with a soft launch on February 16 and is set to continue until May with a brilliant repertoire of film-based activities.
This three-day biennial event will take place from May 4 – 6 2017 and will include an awards presentation ceremony lauding the best among ASEAN directors, directors of photography, main and supporting actors, writers and editors. In addition, there will be a presentation of the coveted ‘lifetime achievement and inspiration’ awards.
AIFFA however has more promotional events in store throughout March and April, including roadshows, business and networking events, conferences, free screenings, as well as youth-focussed film competitions and workshops.
Sarawak has been presented the ‘Best for Nature’ Award in Travel Journal’s Travel Awards 2017.
Through a Travel Journal readership survey, a poll was taken for the best destinations in the world and Sarawak won ‘Best for Nature’ for its environment-centered tour and travel packages, ongoing conservation tourism as well as its unique and irreplaceable nature destinations which are a balance of authentic and preserved, and modern connectivity.
Three national parks were singled out as exemplary travel spots for nature lovers, specifically Gunung Mulu National Park, Batang Ai National Park and Bako National Park.
Gunung Mulu National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its flora, fauna and cave systems, while Batang Ai and Bako National Park are known as sanctuaries for Sarawak’s endangered rare primates, the orang utans and Proboscis monkeys.
The Kuching Heritage Walk with the media took place on January 11, with the Assistant Minister for Tourism Datuk Lee Kim Shin and the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Sarawak Tourism Board, Madam Mary Wan Mering, with the objective of promoting cultural and heritage tourism in the city centre of Kuching.
The Heritage Walk began at the Chinese History Museum at waterfront, proceeded to the three Chinese temples along the central road of the town, Carpenter Street, and ended at the Sarawak Museum.
Kuching has hundreds of years of history, and the heritage sites, buildings and relics can be found throughout the city centre, and some of that history is a living history, with some of the oldest restaurants and shops in Kuching still open today.
The walk was particularly special as Datuk Lee brought the media to view the newly discovered pottery shards found near Kuching Waterfront, which the Sarawak Museum personnel believe date back to the Qing Dynasty era.
Getting around Kuching will be getting a lot easier by the end of 2017, as the Stage Bus Service Transformation (SBST) Kuching begins full force.
Honorary secretary of Sarawak Bus Transport Companies Association, William Chan, announced that the SBST project will span 27,000km comprising of 15 trunk routes and 12 feeder routes daily, with a fleet of 130 new buses.
The new routes and buses are not replacing, but are being added, to the fleets of the five existing stage bus operators in Kuching.
Kuching has grown as a tourist destination and a major concern for tourists is often ease of transportation, and the addition of new buses and scheduled bus routes will undoubtedly bolster the public transport’s efficiency.
Hon. Datuk Amar Abang Abdul Rahman Zohari Tun Openg was sworn in as Sarawak’s sixth Chief Minister before the Head of State, Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud at the Astana, Kuching on January 13.
Datuk Amar Abang Abdul Rahman Zohari, whose last Cabinet appointment as Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Housing and Minister for Arts and Culture, was appointed to Chief Minister’s post following the demise of the Right Honorable Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem on Wednesday, January 11.
Fondly known as Datuk Amar Abang Haji Johari, the new Chief Minster has been a driving force in the tourism industry and was well-liked in the industry circle.